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No. 18 Kentucky tops Louisville 73-66, shows all-around effort missing to date in 2013

Andrew Harrison had one of his best games to date as a Wildcats, scoring 18 points. (Photo by James Pennington)   Without Julius Randle for most of the second half—and without an effective Randle for any of the half at all—No. 18 Kentucky turned in one of its most impressive and perhaps unexpected performances of the season to date, thwarting every Louisville push without the player who controlled...

In the spirit of the holiday season, Kentucky gave away its preparation time for Louisville

Some unforeseen circumstances—and some completely, well, foreseen—have led Kentucky to this: Its No. 18 ranking the week of Christmas is not what it was expecting, and its three losses in its three biggest games to date are not what it was expecting, and now Saturday’s game against No. 6 Louisville is the Wildcats’ last chance at a big-time non-conference win. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   It...

Post-game quotes from UK's 82-77 loss to North Carolina

I’m here at the Dean Dome, finally plugged in and in a reasonable (if remote) work area to pound out some copy following UK’s 82-77 loss to North Carolina. Here’s what John Calipari, James Young and Andrew Harrison all had to say after the game. Questions are paraphrased for clarity and in italics. ** JOHN CALIPARI On what he though of his team’s fight: Well, here’s what...

UK has played the biggest lineup in the country this season

KenPom.com tracks all kinds of things in college basketball games—you’ll see many of them referenced in this corner of the Internet—and one of them is height. Out of curiosity and skepticism, site founder Ken Pomeroy dug through his data to find out what the smallest and tallest lineups played this season are anywhere in college basketball. The smallest lineup was an Alabama A&M lineup...

No. 20 Baylor uses late momentum, upends No. 3 Kentucky 67-62 in Texas doubleheader

John Calipari’s Wildcats fell to 7-2 on Friday with a 67-62 loss to Baylor in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by James Pennington)   No. 3 Kentucky initially overcame a slow start—a game slow to start and one that was slow once it started—but the Wildcats could not hold off No. 20 Baylor at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, and the Bears won 67-62 on a game that tipped off Friday night...

James Young SEC Freshman of the Week after career-best 26-point performance

Kentucky’s James Young was named SEC Freshman of the week after scoring 26 points Tuesday against Texas Arlington. (Photo by James Pennington)   Kentucky’s James Young was named the SEC Freshman of the Week after scoring 26 points Tuesday against Texas Arlington, the league office announced Monday. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   Young, who was 8-of-14 from the field...

James Young leads Kentucky with 26 points in Cats' 105-76 win over Texas Arlington

James Young scored 26 points in Kentucky’s 105-76 win over Texas Arlington on Tuesday. (Photo by James Pennington)   At the beginning of the season, John Calipari predicted he’d have seven different players score at least 25 points in a game this season. In Game No. 5 on Tuesday, James Young became No. 3. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   Julius Randle and Aaron Harrison...

James Young leads Kentucky with 26 points in Cats’ 105-76 win over Texas Arlington

James Young scored 26 points in Kentucky’s 105-76 win over Texas Arlington on Tuesday. (Photo by James Pennington)   At the beginning of the season, John Calipari predicted he’d have seven different players score at least 25 points in a game this season. In Game No. 5 on Tuesday, James Young became No. 3. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   Julius Randle and Aaron Harrison...

For all that decided Kentucky's loss Tuesday, why did inexperience have to be a factor?

Is John Calipari’s system of recruiting entirely broken because of losing one early season game? No. (Photo by James Pennington)   CHICAGO — Michigan State coach Tom Izzo, after the No. 2 Spartans held on to beat No. 1 Kentucky 78-74 on Tuesday, nearly made it through his entire post-game news conference before a media member asked a question, the last question of the evening, that unfurled...

For all that decided Kentucky’s loss Tuesday, why did inexperience have to be a factor?

Is John Calipari’s system of recruiting entirely broken because of losing one early season game? No. (Photo by James Pennington)   CHICAGO — Michigan State coach Tom Izzo, after the No. 2 Spartans held on to beat No. 1 Kentucky 78-74 on Tuesday, nearly made it through his entire post-game news conference before a media member asked a question, the last question of the evening, that unfurled...

With Wildcats' season opener Friday night, Calipari aiming development toward March

Kentucky coach John Calipari opens his fifth season as the Wildcats’ coach Friday with a standard level of uncertainty his coaching style invites. (Photo by James Pennington)   John Calipari’s season openers are a particular brand of unexpected basketball. What’s going to happen against real-life, for-the-books competition? The two exhibition games—a 76-42 win over Transylvania and...

With Wildcats’ season opener Friday night, Calipari aiming development toward March

Kentucky coach John Calipari opens his fifth season as the Wildcats’ coach Friday with a standard level of uncertainty his coaching style invites. (Photo by James Pennington)   John Calipari’s season openers are a particular brand of unexpected basketball. What’s going to happen against real-life, for-the-books competition? The two exhibition games—a 76-42 win over Transylvania and...

Randle, Wildcats take second exhibition, James Young adds wild 'own goal' for 2

Kentucky freshman James Young had 16 points for the Wildcats in a 95-72 exhibition win over Montevallo on Monday. (Photo by James Pennington)   The final score of Kentucky’s exhibition finale Monday was: UK 95, Montevallo 72. Montevallo only scored 70 of those points. James Young accidentally added the most interesting two points of the night for Montevallo with 14:17 left in the second half....

Randle, Wildcats take second exhibition, James Young adds wild ‘own goal’ for 2

Kentucky freshman James Young had 16 points for the Wildcats in a 95-72 exhibition win over Montevallo on Monday. (Photo by James Pennington)   The final score of Kentucky’s exhibition finale Monday was: UK 95, Montevallo 72. Montevallo only scored 70 of those points. James Young accidentally added the most interesting two points of the night for Montevallo with 14:17 left in the second half....

Kentucky cruises in exhibition opener, topping Transy 76-42 behind Randle's 16

In his first exhibition game at Rupp Arena, freshman Julius Randle had 16 points and 12 rebounds. Kentucky beat Transylvania 76-42. (Photo by James Pennington)   Transylvania coach Brian Lane has been among the first to see Kentucky each of the past three seasons, each in one of Kentucky’s customary two exhibition games before the season begins. Lane’s goal Friday was not to win; that may...

Kentucky cruises in exhibition opener, topping Transy 76-42 behind Randle’s 16

In his first exhibition game at Rupp Arena, freshman Julius Randle had 16 points and 12 rebounds. Kentucky beat Transylvania 76-42. (Photo by James Pennington)   Transylvania coach Brian Lane has been among the first to see Kentucky each of the past three seasons, each in one of Kentucky’s customary two exhibition games before the season begins. Lane’s goal Friday was not to win; that may...

First look at new Wildcats goes as expected in Tuesday's Blue-White Scrimmage

Kentucky tipped off its season Tuesday in the Blue-White Scrimmage. The Blue team, consisting first of the Wildcats’ expected starting lineup, won 99-71. (Photo by James Pennington)   Kentucky tipped off its season Tuesday with the Blue-White Scrimmage, an annual first glimpse—well, a second glimpse after Big Blue Madness, but that’s more about the intros than Xs and Os—at what...

First look at new Wildcats goes as expected
in Tuesday’s Blue-White Scrimmage

Kentucky tipped off its season Tuesday in the Blue-White Scrimmage. The Blue team, consisting first of the Wildcats’ expected starting lineup, won 99-71. (Photo by James Pennington)   Kentucky tipped off its season Tuesday with the Blue-White Scrimmage, an annual first glimpse—well, a second glimpse after Big Blue Madness, but that’s more about the intros than Xs and Os—at what...

John Calipari lays it on at Big Blue Madness, says playing for Kentucky 'isn't for everyone'

Kentucky coach John Calipari stood on a stage (middle) as his image was projected on a giant video screen above midcourt at Big Blue Madness on Friday. | Photo by James Pennington   John Calipari laid it on thick during what amounted to a campaign speech at Big Blue Madness on Friday night: Kentucky basketball isn’t for everyone. The implication was that last year’s team wasn’t...

John Calipari lays it on at Big Blue Madness, says playing for Kentucky ‘isn’t for everyone’

Kentucky coach John Calipari stood on a stage (middle) as his image was projected on a giant video screen above midcourt at Big Blue Madness on Friday. | Photo by James Pennington   John Calipari laid it on thick during what amounted to a campaign speech at Big Blue Madness on Friday night: Kentucky basketball isn’t for everyone. The implication was that last year’s team wasn’t...